View Full Version : Outdoor automatic waterers in the SE..heater required?

Aug. 5, 2011, 04:42 PM

I am in NE Georgia and looking at the Miraco Lil' Spring, Ritchie Water Matic 150, and the Lapp Energy Free automatic waterers. I want to avoid the expense of running electrical to the site of installation...I know the Lapp doesn't "require" electrical but anyone know about the others in this area? Any trouble with freezing? Anyone have any experience/preferences?

Aug. 5, 2011, 05:05 PM
I put Nelson waterers in my barn and paddocks up North but don't feel I need them down here (Aiken).
There are a few mornings where the outside tubs have a film of ice on the top but I keep a hammer in the golf cart and break them open.

Not a necessity, but nice if you can splurge.

Aug. 5, 2011, 09:59 PM
bar a waterer, i have 6 of them in Pennsylvania, work great, no cleaning, no worry of standing water or freezing

Aug. 5, 2011, 10:00 PM
Bar A waterers. I have 6 of them outside in Pennsylvania, best barn item I ever bought

Almost Heaven
Aug. 5, 2011, 10:39 PM
We have Miracors, good down to 10-15oF if you put the heat (ground) pipe in correctly and there's a reasonable water consumption (refills help heat the waterer). Outside Nelsons need heat in the 25oF range (or higher if extended). No experience with the others.

Aug. 5, 2011, 10:42 PM
I live in a similar climate and use a Ritchie 100 or 150. Not sure which one as the lid says both. I have had no problems with it. If I think it is going to freeze overnight I just plug up the middle chamber over night and open it back up in the morning. If I forget usually therein just a small skim of ice that I can easily remove. They have incredible customer service which accounts for a lot these days.

Aug. 6, 2011, 08:35 AM
Bar A waterers. I have 6 of them outside in Pennsylvania, best barn item I ever bought

Yes, I looked at these too! I was planning to put a unit between a fence line to service two turnout areas and wasn't sure this model would accomodate. Would this application work? Thanks Bedrock.

Aug. 9, 2011, 09:27 AM
I have Nelson Waterers in the northeast with heaters but if I had to do it down south (or up here again), I would consider the bar bar a waterers mentioned above. Fewer parts to repair and no heater necessary.
Getting yourself an auto waterer is the best thing you can do at your farm!